See the Sun go Down on Galway Bay

October 22, 2017

The words, “If you ever go across the sea to Ireland” … instantly make one think of Galway, the port city on the Irish west coast.

A wild, westerly wind sweeps straight off the Atlantic Ocean and over the land, edged with an Arctic Circle chill. Wind-proof jackets take top priority when it comes to keeping locals and visitors warm, so much so they have almost reached uniform status.

Galway’s great long walk to the Spanish Arch next to the harbour.

The River Corrib running down to Galway Harbour.

Built in 1584, a part of the Spanish Gates are on the left bank of Corrib River. A misnomer, the arch is the remainder of a 16th century bastion added to the town’s walls to protect merchant ships from looting.

The amazing profile of buildings to one side of the wharf at Galway Bay.

Buskers on Galway’s streets are great entertainment.

None can equal McDonagh’s in Galway’s Quay Street for a delicious fish-and-chips meal after a day out in the Irish westerly wind. A traditional, family run chippy since 1902, McDonagh’s has a marine-themed dining room and deli, always choc-a-block with customers at the end of the day. The wise come early. Bon apetite!